The first international reviews for ‘TOVE’ (2020) are now in, and they are utmost positive. The movie will premiere in Finland on October 2, and more premiere dates will be released soon on.
The first reviews from international movie critics are in for the first ever feature film about Tove Jansson after its premiere for industry professionals at the acclaimed Toronto Film Festival.
Variety, oftentimes considered the most important motion-picture publication in the world, describes the lead performance by actress Alma Pöysti as “mesmerizing“. They add that she “excels in her first leading film role and strongly resembles the real Tove.”
As her fifth feature film, Variety says Zaida Bergroth’s directing “beguiles audiences into the world of its characters” and thinks that she “flexes her considerable cinematic powers, conjuring vibrantly expressive visuals and confident performances from her talented cast.”
From the industry’s point of view they see that “with multiple hooks, sales and festival interest should be strong“.
“It casts a bewitching spell.”
– Screen International
Screen International, the British film magazine, also one of the leading motion-picture publications in the world, concludes that the movie “has great charm, craft and a warming glow that finds further expression in a jazzy soundtrack.” They even say that it “casts a bewitching spell” and praise the lead actress by saying she “achieves a remarkable likeness to Jansson, and her luminous central performance is a considerable asset“.
“A captivating first-class drama”
Hear how Alma Pöysti described her reaction when she heard she got the role:
Watch the in-depth panel discussion with Andrea Reuter, the producer, and Alma Pöysti talking about the movie: